Spotlight On – Eco Friendly Tencel

In recent years the fashion industry has seen a rise in the use of the fabric tencel or lyocell. 

What is tencel? It’s a sustainable fabric generated from regenerated wood cellulose and is one of the most environmentally friendly currently on the market which is good news!

Edward Hertzman, publisher of Sourcing Journal points out that: “Tencel does use less land and water than cotton production,” As well as this, it’s also fully biodegradable.

Dash Printed Tencel Bomber Jacket

So what else does tencel offer other than its eco-friendly properties? 

The nature of the fabric creates a flattering drape and is soft, luxurious, breathable, and naturally wrinkle-resistant. With 50% more moisture absorbency than cotton, it’s no wonder more and more sports luxe and holiday attire is fashioned from tencel.

Our wide leg shorts are the perfect thing to take on your summer holiday or winter sun adventure and keep you cool and dry in the heat. 

Dash Tencel Tie Shorts

Our Printed Tencel Jumpsuit is one of our hotly anticipated pieces to launch this season since our SS17 press show. We are proud to introduce Dash’s first ever jumpsuit in this fabulous fabric. The beautiful ‘glass house print’ was hand-designed in our London studio by our talented prints designers.

We spoke to Gillian Peebles, Dash brand director about the design:

“Inspired by the global trend for more green areas in cityscapes, we used the shape and form of terrariums combined with impressionist painting techniques to create a modern feel to our glass house prints.” 

Dash Tencel Jumpsuit – Coming Soon…

View our full range of tencel pieces here

Editor’s Pick – The Perfect Jeans

This week our editor turns attention to one of the classic trends of years gone by and years to come… denim. Now we all know it’s hard to find that perfect pair of jeans that fit well and flatter in all the right places… but WHEN you do… and you will… it’s all you’ll want to wear. We’re just thankful it’s such a versatile piece that can be dressed up or down for many a different occasion.

We’re glad to see that relaxed is the new skinny! There’ll always be a place for your favourite skinny jeans, don’t fear – but there has been a rise in more relaxed styles, boot cuts, flares, boyfriend fit, girlfriend fit, mum jeans – the list goes on!

But where do you start? Our jeans guide will make shopping for your ideal fit all the easier.

The Classic Shape

The Subtle Flare

The Relaxed Fit

The Skinny… just in case!

View our whole jeans & trousers collection here

A Very Hygge Valentine’s Day

Tired of sharing your Valentine’s Day with hundreds of other couples at a restaurant surrounded by tacky heart balloons, or perhaps the whole V-Day thing simply fills you with dread…

Well this year we’re breaking out from the mould and planning a cosy, relaxing night in with subtle romantic touches and a nod to the ‘hygge’ phenomenon that has taken the UK by storm. Forget staring at expensive menus in crowded restaurants, instead enjoy a hygge Valentine’s night in with your loved one, the girls, your mum, your pet… whoever you like!

Here are our ideas for a Very

Hygge Valentine’s Day

Light the candles, burn the essential oil, fluff up the pillows, put your favourite chunky knit socks on and relax with ‘Dine in for 2 for £10!’ If you haven’t trialled the incredible dine in for two deal supermarket’s offer at this time of year, you are totally missing a trick – not only is it a super money saver, they are very tasty and require little preparation, so there’s more time to enjoy the company you’re in and the ambient surroundings you’ve created.

While others are braving the freezing February weather in restaurant queues, why not take advantage of a precious night in with your loved one or friends and watch and entire series on Netflix, or a film you’ve been meaning to watch for ages. Or cuddle up and read that book you’ve been meaning to make more time for.

Lucky enough to have a fireplace? Light it up, spread a picnic rug or cosy blanket down on the floor in front of it, and lay with delicious charcuterie, artisan cheese and other nibbly bits – now just add a drop of your favourite wine for your perfect hygge Valentine’s Night In.

Find cosy clothes for the perfect romantic night in with Dash 

Editor’s Pick – Dash Balloon Print

Feel your spirits lift and your winter blues subside with our fun and uplifting hot air balloon print by Dash.

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Dash hot air balloon print – Spring/Summer 2017

Designed exclusively in our London studio by our talented prints team, the intricate balloon print is a representation of the brand embarking on a journey… including our latest new look and new clothing designs. Inspired by the new year and new aspirations, it also encapsulate freedom, travel and adventure.

Dream of floating away in our balloon print top, perfect teamed with relaxed jeans…

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Dash balloon print jersey top

We spoke to head designer Cat: “the soft colour palette of the collection was inspired by the natural sky and clouds, making a collection of unique and different conversational pieces to take you away to another style level…”

Dash hot air balloon woven shirt

Finally, we’d like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to all our wonderful supporters on social media, including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

Dash Does Après-Ski

What better way to blow away those January Blues than head to the mountains in search of snow, sunshine, fondue and après-ski! It certainly wins as one of the most breathtakingly beautiful holidays to embark on…

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Beautiful French Alps

What’s almost as exciting as the skiing itself? Letting your hair down and enjoying a bit of après-ski action donned in some effortlessly stylish attire! Whether you’re a seasoned pro, or a snow ploughing novice, one thing we can all be great at is looking stylish on and off the slopes!

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Lead the off-slope style with a floaty feminine poncho…

Dash’s collection of knitwear will have you feeling and looking effortlessly stylish once the ski boots are off!
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Gone are the days where you need to bulk out your suitcase out with chunky knits, it’s also important to take some lighter layers and finer knits for those cosy evenings by the fire in your ski lodge or hotel.

Take a look at Dash’s new season tops for inspiration.

Lighter layers are perfect for drinks by the log-fire…
Relax in your ski lodge after a long, exhilarating day on the slopes in fine layers and stylish knits….

 

Editor’s Pick – The Northern Lights Collection

Our new season collection has been inspired by the mystical beauty of the aurora borealis, otherwise known as The Northern Lights. This spectacular display of light energy creates a colourful, magical show and our London design team have used dappled painting techniques and bursts of light to emulate the scene.

Starlight Stripe Tunic, inspired by the beautiful Northern Lights phenomenon…

The intriguing prints in our Northern Lights collection are motivated by lunar scenes and solar landscapes and are presented in both our Nordic Lights print and our Starlight Stripe design.

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Combine delicate prints with our Nordic Lights Print Tunic

With a range of cosy knitwear, feminine blouses and stylish denim shapes, the northern lights collection will transition your look into the new year with ease.

Winter Beauty Hacks

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The cold weather can have an everlasting effect on your skin, hair and just general wellbeing. With the lack of sunlight and vitamin C during the colder months, it is essential you give yourself that little bit more attention. Here are our top 3 beauty pick me ups designed to help you cheat the chill and adapt your daily beauty regime.

1. Moisturise in the shower

With the cold weather brings chapping and dry skin, a good way to eradicate this is to moisturise before you’ve even left the shower! Many skincare brands such as Nivea, do in-shower body creams and washes. Not only do they leave you clean and smelling lovely, they also diminish any dryness whilst your skin is still moist.

 2. Revitalise your lips

With winter comes chapped lips. It’s a given, and the more you try to wet them, the drier they get. Always apply lip balm, oil or Vaseline throughout the day to keep them moist and protect them against the bitterness.

 

Lip balm

 

3. De-Frizz your hair

You’d have thought that the heat was the only thing that could damage your hair. This is untrue. During the colder months the icy air and outbursts of rain, snow or even hail can damage your locks, so what do you do in this case, apart from wearing a hat? You give yourself a weekly hair treatment. This could be in the form of an oil or de-fizz spray you apply when the hair is still damp.

 

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